Nicole M. Onorato

Top rated Family Law attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Beattie | Onorato Family Law
Nicole M. Onorato
Beattie | Onorato Family Law

Practice Areas: Family Law

Licensed in Illinois since: 2004

Education: DePaul University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2014
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Beattie | Onorato Family Law

53 W. Jackson Blvd
Suite 1318
Chicago, IL 60604 Phone: 312-360-1503 Email: Nicole M. Onorato Visit website


Nicole graduated from DePaul University College of Law in 2004 with a Certificate in Family Law and has since concentrated her practice exclusively on family law matters, including: negotiating and litigating complex divorce and custody matters; drafting prenuptial and postnuptial agreements; and appellate work involving complicated child and spousal support issues, civil unions, child custody and removal (relocation) and distribution of marital assets. Nicole received a Certificate in Divorce Mediation from Northwestern University, and she is a frequent author and lecturer on family law subjects. Nicole serves on the DePaul University Family Law Advisory Board and volunteers with the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic (Ascend Justice). She has received recognition as a Leading Lawyer, was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, and was selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer for 2022 and 2023.  

First Admitted: 2004, Illinois

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Educational Background:
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, B.A. in Psychology and Gender Studies, With Honors, 1997
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Illinois, 2004
  • Member, American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Gathering and Using Social Media Evidence Co-authored with Judge Karen J. Bowes December 2021, Vol. 65 No. 6 of the ISBA Family Law Section Newsletter, Gathering and Using Social Media Evidence, Illinois State Bar Association - Family Law Section, 2021
  • ISBA-sponsored CLE Presentation "Practice Tips & Pointers on Child-Related Issues", Champaign, IL, April 2010
  • IICLE Family Law Webcast Series – Social Media and Divorce, February 2011
  • Grandparent Visitation, ISBA Child Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 19, No. 1, September 2006
  • Anticipatory Neglect – Protecting Children or Going Too Far?, ISBA Child Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 22, No. 3, March 2010
  • IICLE Family Law Webcast Series – Ethics: Conflicts in Family Law Representations, June 2012
  • ISBA-sponsored CLE Presentation "Advanced Custody & Visitation Issues" - Social Media Evidence, February 2014
  • The Right To Be Heard: Incorporating The Needs And Interests Of Children Of Nonmarital Families Into The Visitation Rights Dialogue, Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy, Vol. 4, Issue 2, pps. 491-541, Spring 2005
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Member of DePaul University Family Law Center Advisory Board, 2021
  • Volunteer attorney with Ascend Justice (Domestic Violence Legal Clinic), 2020
  • Recipient of 2019 DePaul Univeristy College of Law Pro Bono Alumni Award, 2019
  • , Super Lawyer,, 2022
  • In recognition of her pro bono work with the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic., Pro Bono Alumni Award, DePaul University College of Law, 2019

Office location for Nicole M. Onorato

53 W. Jackson Blvd
Suite 1318
Chicago, IL 60604


3 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2011 - 2014

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